Flexibility Behind New Geelong Legal Office

Stefan Manche was keen to join Russell Kennedy Lawyers as it is a large, highly regarded and progressive firm, however, he did not want to do this at the expense of his young Geelong-based family.

Russell Kennedy accommodated this by opening an office in Geelong for Stefan to work out of two days a week. Davidsons, a leading accounting and business advisory firm in Geelong, offered the use of some of their office space.

This flexibility is a fantastic example of Davidsons, a local business, helping to grow the Geelong business community and the economic foundations of this city.

The new office allows Stefan and other Russell Kennedy staff to operate out of Geelong and further enhance their ability to service their existing Geelong and Surf Coast client base. It also makes it ideal for Stefan to maintain his networks and connection to Geelong and avoid the need to travel to and from Melbourne every day.

The office in Geelong has been arranged specifically for Stefan’s use, with the technology required to stay connected with the Melbourne office on the days he works from Geelong.

“This approach has made me feel absolutely supported and incredibly valued by Russell Kennedy from Day One, and I am proud to work at a firm that recognises the importance of work life balance, readily embraces technology and is truly committed to providing a flexible and supportive work environment for both male and female staff members,” stated Stefan.

According to Russell Kennedy Principal, Rohan Harris, who leads the Corporate team and private client services, the appointment of Stefan is a fantastic opportunity to have an experienced and well-connected lawyer on the ground in Geelong, where the firm already has a number of clients. The Geelong office also gives Geelong people the option of engaging a highly regarded Melbourne firm without needing to travel to Melbourne.

Stefan joined Russell Kennedy in November 2016 from another Geelong firm, where he had progressed up through the ranks after starting as a graduate lawyer seven years ago. He specialises in all aspects of estate planning, probate and estate administration, estate litigation and superannuation complaints and guardianship, administration and capacity issues.

He joins a team at Russell Kennedy that has a long history of acting for privately owned businesses and high net worth individuals. The team now has even greater capacity and expertise to provide comprehensive advice in private estate and trust law, property matters and succession planning in both the family and business contexts.

As a growing law firm, Russell Kennedy opened its office in Canberra in late 2013 and in January 2017 announced the incorporation of John Hoey and his team from Hoeys Lawyers in Melbourne to the firm.

About Russell Kennedy Lawyers: Russell Kennedy is a law firm that delivers expert legal solutions and provides market-leading expertise in our sectors of focus. We are committed to making a difference for our clients, providing opportunities for our people and creating positive and lasting changes within our community. We have offices in Melbourne, Geelong & Canberra and over 200 staff members.  www.rk.com.au

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